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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolas to resign as Superior General of the Jesuits in 2016

2014-05-20

The Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas announced that he plans to submit his resignation, during the Order's 36th General Congregation Meeting. If approved, the congregation will then elect its new leader. 


The General Congregation will take place in 2016. Fr. Nicolas made his announcement with this letter. He says Pope Francis has been informed and the decision approved. 


The General Congregation is the governing body of the Jesuits, which includes members from all over the world. It manages specific matters pertaining to the Order and that includes the election of its Superior General.

Being elected as the  Superior General is a post that can have a life term, but there's also the option to resign. Back in 2008, the former Superior General, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, resigned with the approval of Benedict XVI. 


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